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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Paul Sullivan - MLB Needs to Change Cubs-Nats Venue for Thurday’s Game

Switching it to a day game in Chicago, or even in Milwaukee if the Nationals are worried about giving the Cubs home-field advantage, makes much more sense. It’s not unprecedented, and it’s obviously doable.

Clearly, rational minds will arrive at a rapid, amicable solution that will please all involved.

Bote Man the walk-off king Posted: September 11, 2018 at 08:06 AM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: cubs, hurricane, nationals, pennant race, weather

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   1. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 12, 2018 at 02:12 PM (#5743009)
The currently projected path for Hurricane Florence has it heading a bit more south than some earlier forecasts, and leaves Washington, DC unaffected, especially on Thursday. It does seem unlikely that the Nationals @ Braves weekend series can be played in Atlanta, so MLB should probably move it to DC.
   2. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: September 12, 2018 at 02:24 PM (#5743020)
Clearly, rational minds will arrive at a rapid, amicable solution that will please all involved.

Milwaukee it is!
   3. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: September 12, 2018 at 02:34 PM (#5743027)
Obviously the Cubs have been more vocal about this being decided sooner rather than later considering how much scheduling the makeup game for tomorrow is such an inconvenience. I assuming the Cubs would be heading straight to the airport after their home game tonight, so I guess that means MLB has until 10pm or so to decide if it needs to be moved.
   4. Greg Pope Posted: September 12, 2018 at 03:16 PM (#5743051)
I'm not sure why Milwaukee is the go-to for neutral site games. But in this case it would basically be a home game for the Cubs. People would flock from Illinois to go to the game. Something like Yankee Stadium or Willets point would make more sense. I'm assuming Camden Yards is probably too close to the storm, but Citizens Park or Allegheny Park would also be better than Miller Park. Maybe none of those are available, though.
   5. bunyon Posted: September 12, 2018 at 03:21 PM (#5743052)
Play it in Baltimore, that way no one will see it.
   6. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 12, 2018 at 03:29 PM (#5743056)
People would flock from Illinois to go to the game.
Not sure how big of a flock you'd get on a day's notice, especially with the Cubs in the middle of a home stand.
   7. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 12, 2018 at 03:32 PM (#5743062)
Unless the projected hurricane path linked in #1 is wildly off the mark, the issue is moot. Weather forecast is 79° and cloudy at game time tomorrow, and the only threat of rain is from isolated, late afternoon thunderstorms, not Hurricane Florence.
   8. Greg Pope Posted: September 12, 2018 at 03:33 PM (#5743064)
Not sure how big of a flock you'd get on a day's notice, especially with the Cubs in the middle of a home stand.

I'm not saying they would fill the stadium. But the crowd would be 99% Cubs fans.
   9. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: September 12, 2018 at 04:15 PM (#5743093)
I've been out of Milwaukee for a bit now, but there is not an insignificant portion of Illinois residents which attend Brewers games generally, nevermind, just the Cubs games played in Milwaukee. There are also plenty of No. Ill transplants living in SE Wisconsin. It would most definitely be a Cubs home game.

Indoor park, convenient (at least for one team). I'd bet there would be about 15,000 if they decide today to play a game tomorrow in Milwaukee. The Angels/Indians series drew around 20,000 the first night. I went to the first game. All seats were dirt cheap. I don't remember how many were there for the Zambrano no-no.
   10. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: September 12, 2018 at 04:21 PM (#5743099)
What they should have done is rescheduled today's game as a day game then scheduled the makeup for 1PM tomorrow just in case of something like this.
   11. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: September 12, 2018 at 04:31 PM (#5743110)
What they should have done is rescheduled today's game as a day game then scheduled the makeup for 1PM tomorrow just in case of something like this.

No way the Cubs would have gone for that, even if they probably should have for the players' sake. They have a max number of night games they can schedule/have, so they're not gonna give one of those up after school started.

But they'll still rightfully complain about the one day trip out and losing another scheduled off day after already losing the last one for a one day trip.
   12. QLE Posted: September 12, 2018 at 07:55 PM (#5743205)
I'm not sure why Milwaukee is the go-to for neutral site games.


On the one hand, it isn't really- not counting the White Sox holding games there in 1968 and 1969 as a form of (essentially) blackmail, it's only been used for that purpose at two points since 1901.

On the other hand:

1) Those instances were in consecutive years: 2007, when snow and cold made it impossible to open the season in Cleveland, and 2008, when Hurricane Ike made Houston unusable.

2) Since 2008, MLB has only had to move games for emergency purposes twice (both times last year- Hurricanes Harvey and Irma).

3) Moving games due to crises isn't that common- it's happened six times since 1998, but, before that, the most recent unequivocal time that occurred (as opposed to a couple of times when stadium construction wasn't done when the season started) was in 1927 when stands collapsed at the Baker Bowl.
   13. Leroy Kincaid Posted: September 12, 2018 at 08:00 PM (#5743209)
Play it in Baltimore, that way no one will see it.


Are they rioting again?
   14. SoSH U at work Posted: September 12, 2018 at 08:09 PM (#5743214)

I'm not sure why Milwaukee is the go-to for neutral site games. But in this case it would basically be a home game for the Cubs. People would flock from Illinois to go to the game. Something like Yankee Stadium or Willets point would make more sense. I'm assuming Camden Yards is probably too close to the storm, but Citizens Park or Allegheny Park would also be better than Miller Park. Maybe none of those are available, though.



I approve of this message.

   15. McCoy Posted: September 12, 2018 at 08:17 PM (#5743222)
Milwaukee was the go to because of Bud Selig. Now that he ain't there anymore it is no longer the go to.
   16. Jay Z Posted: September 13, 2018 at 08:10 AM (#5743381)
Brewers also had a road series with Miami switched to Miller Park at the end of last year.

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